Candidates for Governor Look at Next Step

By: Mike McDaniel
By: Mike McDaniel

Voters in the Democratic Primary will decide Aug. 23 who will face Republican Phil Bryant in November.

But Republican voters made their choice clear in voting for the current lieutenant governor, handing him 60% of the vote in a 5-person race.

"I've been a conservative reformer and that's a unique thing to be," said Bryant. "We're going to change this old system of government to something that's more like the Ronald Regan philosophy, and they understand that's what I stand for."

While Bryant is focusing on November's general election, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Clarksdale businessman Bill Luckett are set for round two.

"We're energized and up and going after it again," said Luckett.

"We'll work as hard as we've done in the past, and and hopefully in three weeks, we'll be ready," said DuPree.

The two other Democratic candidates, William Compton of Meridian and Guy Shaw have endorsed DuPree.

While DuPree pulled in more votes than Luckett, the self-described 'man who builds things' says having business experience rather than political prowess is what his campaign will continue to build on.

"I've got to work extra hard in some counties," said Luckett.
"We're already talking strategies; we're targeting them right now."

Once the Democrats battle it out, the final showdown will come in November where the party nominees will also face an independent and a Reform Party candidate.

All three campaigns hit the ground running. The runoff between DuPree and Luckett is Aug. 23.

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